Join Information

If you like what you see and are interested in joining us, we are happy to help you!  Making sure that CAP is a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for us is important to a successful CAP career, so we ask that you attend at least four meetings so you can see our programs, our other members, and we can get to know each other a little.  Something to consider is that every squadron has a slightly different feel and culture.  We all follow the same program and progression, and all follow the same rules, but there is a lot of leeway to focus on things our members want to focus on.  South Sound tends to be more relaxed in our own compound, but very active in training and activities throughout the Wing.  McChord Squadron, to our north, is very strict and focuses more on the military leadership aspects of CAP, while Lewis County, to the south, tends to focus on Emergency Services.  We strongly encourage people to visit other squadrons as well as ours.  We are all part of the whole, and we've seen some people join other squadrons who are closer to us, and others join us when they're closer to other squadrons.

Anyone who would like to join us, whether a new member or transferring from another unit, should fill out the Squadron Application Form at the bottom of the page.  This will be reviewed by our Membership Committee after your fourth meeting.  Once approved by the committee, you can submit your application.  From this point, the process is a little different for Cadets and Senior Members.

Cadets will fill out the Cadet Application here.  The dues for Washington are $33 for National Headquarters.  South Sound Composite Squadron also requires $75 for new cadet members to help defray the cost of uniform items we provide and is due within the first 60 days.  The online application requires the Unit Commander's approval, and he will need to verify identity with a U.S. Passport, Resident Alien Card (I-551), Certified Copy of the Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, State Driver's License or ID Card, or other I-9 approved documentation.

Senior Members will fill out a CAPF-12.  Print it out and bring it to the next meeting.  We will provide you with a fingerprint card you need to send in with your application.  Dues for Senior Members are $65, all due to National Headquarters.  The fingerprint cards can be filled out by the State Patrol or County Sheriffs, any of whom generally charge about $10, though Lewis County has done it free of charge in the past. 

While you wait...
While you are waiting for your membership to be processed, you can begin reviewing the materials you will be studying.  Cadets can start reading the first chapter of Learn to Lead.  For Senior Members, you can begin reading the text for Level 1 training.  Once your membership is processed, all members will access their training through eServices.

About Uniforms
Cadets may order their Class B Service Uniform ("Blues") through Vanguard - they will get a $100 voucher after reaching their first achievement.  The squadron has some uniform items for the BDU & ABU Working Uniforms available, they should check with the Supply Sergeant (if they don't know who that is, and they probably won't, it is a good exercise in using their Chain of Command - they should ask their Element Leader or Flight Sergeant).  There are a few items that you will need to purchase:
  • Nameplate for the Service Uniform (Cadet Example, Senior Example).  The nameplate shown is for the Class B or Aviator Shirt Uniform.  There are other uniform options for Senior Members.
  • Nametape for Working Uniform (Example)
  • Shoes
"Shoes will be low quarter, oxford-style, lace-up with a plain rounded toe or a plain
rounded-capped toe. Soles will not exceed ½ inch in thickness and the heel will not exceed one inch in
height (measured from the inside front of the heel). Shoes will be smooth or scotch-grained leather or
manmade material. Shoes will be shined; high gloss or patent finish is optional."

Females may also use the following...
"Black pumps will be low cut and rounded throat (the top opening)
with a raised heel no higher than 2-1/2 inches (measured from the inside sole of the shoe to the end of the
heel lift). The tip of the heel cannot be less than ½ inch in diameter or larger than the body of the shoe.
Faddish styles will not be worn (e.g. extreme toes, pointed or squared, or extreme heel shapes). They will
be plain, clean and serviceable, and without ornamentation such as buckles, bows or straps. The material
will be smooth, scotch-grained leather or a manmade material. They may be high-gloss or patent finish."

"Slip-on Shoes. Can be worn (optional) with the service dress and services uniforms.
Commercially designed step-in shoe where the top of the shoe goes over the top of the foot (not muletypes
without backs) with rounded toe or plain rounded capped toe. Faddish styles will not be worn (e.g.
extreme toes, pointed or squared, or extreme heel shapes). They will be plain, clean and serviceable, and
without ornamentation such as buckles, bows or straps. The material will be smooth, scotch-grained
leather or a manmade material. They may be high-gloss or patent finish."

  • Boots
"Footwear (males/females) Combat boots. Will be worn with the BDU, or the flight duty
uniform. Black, with or without safety toe, plain rounded toe or rounded capped toe with or without
perforated seam. Zipper or elastic inserts optional, mesh inserts (for “jungle boot” style) are optional;
smooth or scotch-grained leather or man-made material, and may have a high gloss or patent finish. The
black combat boot can be worn (optional) with the service dress and service uniforms when not wearing a
skirt, maternity service dress and/or maternity jumper. Laces will either be tied and tucked in the boot or
tied and wrapped around the boot. No bowtie bootlaces will be visible. Any logos will be the same color
as the boot."

While we may have some boots and shoes available in a pinch, those are items that can have a huge impact on the member's wellbeing and it is strongly recommended that good-fitting footwear be purchased.  While females have choices, realize you may be standing and walking in these shoes for hours at a time.

Special note for Senior Members
As you will learn in Level 1, the minimum basic uniform is either the Class B Air Force-style Uniform or the Aviator Shirt Uniform.  It is preferred that you have one of these prior to your first promotion, usually six months after joining.  For general wear and budgetary consideration, we suggest the Corporate Working Uniform also referred to as the "Polo Uniform" as a first uniform.  There are two versions of the polo shirt, both to be worn with medium grey slacks (very broad description, including tactical pants are allowed) and black shoes (again, really wide variety).  The most basic shirt is the screen-printed version, with the embroidered version for men and women also allowed with or without your name.  The reason we encourage this as the first purchase is that it is uniquely acceptable when the Uniform of the Day is Service Uniform or Working Uniform.  It allows members to participate fully without having to buy multiple uniforms.  Further, we would prefer that Senior Members NOT wear any other uniform until it has been covered during the in-residence discussion during Level 1.

Scott Dean,
Aug 11, 2016, 1:28 PM
Scott Dean,
Jul 21, 2016, 10:50 AM